Renault F1 Team is in Shanghai, China, for the third race of the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, and the 1000th race in Formula 1 history, the Heineken Chinese Grand Prix.
The Circuit • The Shanghai International Circuit first hosted a Grand Prix in 2004, having been built in 18 months between April 2003 and September 2004. • The circuit used to boast the longest wide-open throttle distance on the calendar, on the 1,200m straight between T13-T14, but that is now pipped by the 2,010m run from T16-T1 in Baku. • In Shanghai, drivers spend the most time modulating the throttle (31%), of any circuit on the 2019 calendar. • In 2005, Fernando Alonso triumphed in China at the final race of the season to seal his first of two Drivers’ Championships and also Renault’s first of two Constructors’ Championships as a full manufacturer entry in Formula 1. A six-year-old Guanyu Zhou, Renault F1 Team’s Development Driver, was in attendance at the track that day as a fan watching his favourite team and driver win the title. • In 2017, Renault presented its R.S.2027 vision concept car in Shanghai.